I am two days late in posting the works in progress. It is hard to remember the days in Chennai. After completing the Q stitch on SSS challenge, a project on silk blouse was done during this week. This blouse fabric had a wide gold border. My neighbour wanted some simple embroidery with stones and beads. Started the embroidery work with chain stitch in green silk thread.
Another chain stitch row with gold thread.
The saree is also the same peach silk with gold border. We could get dark red stone, the medium red stones did not match well with the richness of the silk fabric. Therefore chain stitches in red silk thread was worked on the semi circles created by green chain stitch row. The dark red stones were to be stitched here. I was hoping to subdue the colour of the stone to match with the fabric.
A small motif in gold was scattered here and there on the saree. I tried work a motif in gold thread and beads. After working the red stones and gold beads.
My friend who was sewing this blouse for her sister, wanted white stones on this project. I started with the white stones hoping it would go well with the beads, red stones and embroidery.
Embroidery completed on both the sleeves of this peach silk blouse.
WIPW128-peach blouse
Another blouse is also there which needs to be embroidered.
Before starting the work on this blouse, I want to work whipped spoke stitch sampler for TAST challenge.

Decorative border-

This decorative seam is part of a sleeve border for the white tunic.I made two border patterns, one in orange with just sequins and this one in golden yellow.

The edging stitch is back stitch, with variegated thread[red/brown]
The square filling stitch is surface satin in orange, green& variegated thread.

decorative border in yellow-1

These squares are outlined with double running stitch.

Decorative border in yellow-2

Sequins and beads are added in between the squares

decorative border in yellow-completed

This part is completed for the sleeves and border for the yoke,
the yoke details on next post.

In this decorative border, I was trying to work on those stitches and colours which will not be tedious to do, and at the same time will not compromise the effect.
Stitches were well chosen, but colours played their part in extending the time.

The tunic is fawn coloured, hand woven, self checked[is that right?] cotton. I chose red colour for the borders [so that I can use different shades of brown]
About the Pattern-Earlier I thought this as a curved creeper pattern , recently learnt this type of pattern has a name- Arabesque. I getting familiar with this new term.
I made the border for yoke, sleeves, 2 slits. It took a long time.
Drew the borders first , and asked the tailor to attach it to the tunic[when it was sewn]
Then only I started the embroidery

Fawn tunic

.For the stem and leaves, I did not have cut and start over, but the flowers had to be done individually. This experience is always there with me when I choose the pattern and colours. I try to avoid this wherever possible , without compromising the effect.

Fawn tunic closeup

Ten tears ago, the style was to wear long tunics, now it has changed, they are shorter now, but it was destined that I should learn my lesson on this long tunic.

This is last one in this series.The pattern is as usual from Antique pattern library.

I fell in love with this pattern.If done in primary or bright colours, it’ll look awesome. mexican , kilim patterns look this way too.I wish someone will get inspired and do a cushion or bookmark or needlebook cover with this pattern. the towel-

kilim towel edging

I outlined this pattern with black thread.

kilim towel edging-closeup


Pattern sure looks like some green and pink people showing of their muscles!.My nephew became quite fond of this towel,by the way.thus,  I have completed this whole set.Next I’ll look for some cream or off white[or half white] to do this . And definitely a smaller lace border. This is bigger than the towel itself. So  what? I learnt  the same lesson four times!